Eating in Galway for dotMD 2019

It is always nice to get the inside track on the best places to eat from locals when you're visiting a place, so here's some lists of our favourite restaurants.

As September is a busy time for tourism in Galway we would strongly suggest that you book in advance.

Remember that there will be a dotMD BBQ and party on Friday 13th at 8pm (if you haven’t got a ticket as part of your registration then book here) and a wine and cheese reception on Saturday 14th at 5pm sponsored by Sheridans Wine bar.

That still leaves the evening of Thursday 12th and Saturday 14th free and we have also mentioned places to get a nice brunch on Sunday 15th September. Enjoy yourselves!

5 Overall Favourites

Kai High-quality produce, preferably organic or wild food, sourced locally and cooked intelligently based based in an old florists by Chef Jess Murphy. Relaxed, open and friendly.

Ard Bia  Fabulous locally sourced food served in one of Galway's most iconic spaces at The Spanish Arch. Relaxed, friendly, artsy vibe.

Tartare Contemporary, stylish and laid back dining - small plates of season local produce. Great for lunch or dinner.

The Universal  Great cocktails, craft beers, Tapas and mains at this cool Galway bar / restaurant.

O'Grady's on The Pier. Fabulous seafood restaurant on the pier in Barna Village. Worth the trip.

Top 5 Informal

Cava Bodega  Serving Spanish Tapas in a lively atmosphere. Run by Chef JP McMahon of Aniar.

Hooked Fish restaurant right beside Ali's Fishmarket. No frills but really god quality fresh fish.

Handsome Burger Best burgers in Galway. No booking required.

Dough Bro's  Galway's best known pizza restaurant. No booking required.

McDonaghs Best spot in town for Fish and chips and glass of wine.

Top 5 Pub Grub

Tigh Neachtains Great menu in one of Galway oldest and best preserved pubs. Well known for Irish traditional music sessions.

John Keoghs Award winning Gastropub in Galway's West End.

Massimo Great and lively bar with music and eating area.

Seven Bar  Lively bar with decent food in Galway's Latin Quarter.

Oslo Gastrobar and Brewery - Based in Salthill village a short taxi ride from city centre

Michelin Star

Aniar is a Michelin-starred terroir based restaurant run by Chef JP McMahon in Galway's Westend

Loam Loam is a Michelin-starred restaurant and wine bar in Galway city specialising in ingredients native to the West of Ireland.

Top 5 Brunch

McCambridges  Upstairs in one of Galway's best known family run deli and wine shop.

Kai High-quality produce, preferably organic or wild food, sourced locally and cooked intelligently based based in an old florists by Chef Jess Murphy. Relaxed, open and friendly atmosphere.

Ard Bia  Fabulous locally sourced food served in one of Galway's most iconic spaces at The Spanish Arch. Relaxed, friendly, artsy vibe.

Dela Restaurant  Long queues for lunch on Sunday am. Get there early!

The Kitchen Beside The Galway Museum. Very popular.